Deb Velder, associate director of the Nebraska School Activities Association, says the event gives students the opportunity to perform on one of the state’s premier stages.
Velder says 34 schools will compete in six classes over three days.
“What we see is the growth in the talent and the abilities that our students are able to put there on the stage,” Velder says, “as well as our directors being willing to be more educated and to provide better opportunities so they can be competitive in the field.”
She says the students work extremely hard throughout the year to contend for the championship and she says it’s a big honor for the students to compete.
“These kids are putting everything out there to be the best that they can be and not only contend for the winning play in each of their classifications, but also for the possibility of outstanding performer,” Velder says. “Also, our tech crews put in a lot of time and effort and we recognize the outstanding tech crew in each of those classifications as well.”
She encourages everyone to come out and watch the performances which run through Friday in Norfolk.
By Nick Stevenson, WJAG, Norfolk